Eat & Drink


Taylor’s Meat & Produce

Taylor’s Meat & Produce

High-quality marinated meats are the specialty here: tri-tips, carne asada, pollo asada, butterflied legs of lamb. It’s also great for ordering a prime rib, organic turkey or other special-occasion product. Beautiful produce, too. Howie’s Ranch Market, 14 E. Sierra Madre Blvd., Sierra Madre, 626.355.8267, Meat/Produce. Closed Sun. AE, MC, V.

Mary’s Market & Café

Mary’s Market & Café

This funky little cottage near the base of the Mt. Wilson Trail is rather tired and dusty these days, which is too bad. But it’s still open for breakfast, lunch and early dinner, with mondo-good oatmeal cookies for pre- or post-hike energy. It’s a handy stop deep in Sierra Madre for locals who love Taco [...]

Americana Street Feast

Americana Street Feast

Once again, the Americana is playing truck-stop for some of the hottest gourmet food trucks on the road: the Worldfare Bustaurant, The Buttermilk Truck, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Coolhaus, Vizzi, Chef Brian’s Comfort Truck, Patty Wagon, Mandoline Grill and Flying Pig. Buttermilk (breakfasty goodies), Coolhaus (ice cream sandwiches) and Grilled Cheese (duh) are established powers, while [...]

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

Peet’s Coffee & Tea

Yeah, it’s a chain, but you can’t discuss Pasadena coffeehouses without mentioning Peet’s. It’s one of the most popular meeting spots in town, either on the outdoor terrace or inside, where the aroma of coffee can make you almost woozy. Its robust coffee, coffee drinks and teas are better than at the (much larger) competing [...]

Fox’s

Fox’s

There’s never less than a 30-minute wait on the weekends at Fox’s, and that’s for good reason. What’s not to like about the hearty omelets, rich French toast, burgers, sandwiches, fresh OJ, bottomless cups of coffee and folksy, woodsy, 1950s setting? And when you consider all the stuffed rodents – er, foxes – you can [...]

Battle of the Beef Rolls

Battle of the Beef Rolls

If you have not yet had the good fortune to try a beef roll, a creation from the northeastern Chinese province of Shandong, then you have not discovered what is really China’s great contribution to the sandwich gene pool. In this case, the bread is a layered wheat pancake fried with perhaps a little more [...]

El Metate

El Metate

“The richest Mexican food in town” is the slogan at this storefront café, so dieters beware. The burritos are massive, the soups robust, and the huevos rancheros delicious; we also love the sopes and the fresh chips. It’s a real find near Lake and Colorado, with friendly people, low prices, a couple of sidewalk tables, [...]

Mike & Anne’s

Mike & Anne’s

We’re fans of this friendly Modern American bistro, which opened among Mission Street’s antiques stores just after Hometown Pasadena went to press; most recently, it expanded into the space next door and opened a full bar. Everyone wants to sit out on the twinkle-lit patio, not just because it’s so pleasant, but because on busy [...]

Tibet Nepal House

Tibet Nepal House

Tibet-born mountaineer and photographer Karma Tenzing Bhotia trained in Austria as a chef, and he brings a gourmet sensibility (rich cream sauces, lovely presentation) to Tibetan and Nepali cuisine. Reminiscent of both Chinese and Indian food, but with more subtle flavors, the menu spans the Himalayas, from lowland curries and dals to highland yak, noodles [...]

Los Tacos

Los Tacos

A reliable Pasadena haven, Los Tacos makes a tasty soft taco, a hearty menudo and all the taco-joint classics. The fish tacos (sautéed, not fried) are particularly noteworthy. The salsa bar includes an excellent verde that pairs beautifully with the carnitas. Note to locals: Los Tacos is a fine and affordable caterer. 1 W. California [...]

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